Jason Ackerman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman at TerrAscend, stock symbols ’TER’ on the CSE and ‘TRSSF’ on the OTC is this week’s guest on The Green Rush.
Widely recognized as the first North American Operator, TerrAscend participates in the medical and legal adult-use market across Canada and in several US states, including limited license northeast states, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
TerrAscend has built a vertically integrated footprint on both the West and East Coast through the acquisition of its subsidiaries which include The Apothecarium, an award-winning cannabis dispensary brand known for architecturally stunning retail locations in California and Pennsylvania, State Flower, a San Francisco based, ultra-premium cannabis brand focused on the cultivation of truly exceptional flowers, as well as Ilera Healthcare, Pennsylvania’s premier medical cannabis cultivator, processor and dispenser. TerrAscend holds a cultivation permit in the State of New Jersey and is pending approval for a vertically integrated medical cannabis operation with the ability to operate up to 3 Alternative Treatment Centers.
It was a pleasure to have Jason join us to discuss his background as Founder of FreshDirect, consumer trends in the cannabis industry under the conditions of COVID-19 and the Company’s growth in the U.S. particularly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Jason Ackerman, CEO and Executive Chairman of TerrAscend
Jason Ackerman was appointed to the TerrAscend Board of Directors and named to the role of Executive Chairman in November 2019. Jason is the founder of FreshDirect, a pure-play home delivery grocer that pioneered e-commerce in the US, defining a unique and profitable operating model that is customer-centric, hyper-fresh, focused on relationships with producers, and technologically innovative. Over 20 years he served various senior roles including President, CFO and CEO & Chairman. More recently in 2016, Jason also founded Foodkick, where he designed and assembled a team to build a new same-day hourly service. Jason has deep knowledge of retail e-commerce, especially in online grocery strategy and logistics across the spectrum of pure-play to brick-and-mortar retailers. He has strong experience operationalizing strategy – be it with org structure & talent, technology vision, or go-to market (marketing and product development). Jason is also experienced in operations and logistics topics, including design networks, picking methods (and related technologies) and last mile delivery. He is a consumer centric thinker and firmly believes in metric-driven management. He is a Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group and actively involved in digital transformation and strategies
Links and mentions in the show
Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts
- Jason Ackerman’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-ackerman-559b817
- TerrAscend Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/terrascend/
- TerrAscend LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/terrascend
- TerrAscend Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrAscend-241083406358893/
- TerrAscend Twitter: https://twitter.com/terrascendcorp
This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.
Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.
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